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Re-Claiming Our Legacy: Black Masculinity in Art & Media

Wed, March 6, 2019 5:00 P.M.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

How can art be used as a tool for social justice, especially in response to narratives in mainstream news media? How do artists work with their communities in the creative process, and what stories can and should be documented? 

Inspired by the lives of the men in Jesmyn Ward’s novel and memoir, this fireside chat led by Christopher Rogers, Public Programs Director at the Paul Robeson House, will focus on portrayals of black masculinity in art and media and explore how representations shape public beliefs.

Speakers include photographer Ken McFarlane and music producer Chris "Quest" Rainey

The panel will begin at 6:30 PM. 

From 5:00 to 6:30 take part in hands-on creative activities and connect with local resources that promote transformative storytelling.

Post-discussion activities with staff from  Chronicling Resistance, Enabling Resistance  will include a dialogue about ways traditional and community archives can both shape and challenge stereotypes and the stories we tell ourselves and one another.


This One Book, One Philadelphia event explores themes in the 2019 featured selection.

Photo by Ken McFarlane


Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
125 South 52nd Street (West Phila. Regional 52nd & Sansom Sts.)
Philadelphia, PA 19139-3408
Adult/Teen: 215-685-7433/Children's: 215-685-7422

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